With the headline story, Mountain Guitar Maker Enjoys Worldwide Acclaim, VOA has paid a fabulous tribute to Wayne Henderson.
Because Wayne has had a significant impact on Jay’s life (and continues to!), we thought this was a good time to retell a bit of the story.
Jay built his first guitar during a guitar-building workshop given by Wayne, with Don Wilson assisting. Though Jay had begun building ukuleles a few months before that, with Wayne he built his first guitar. For ten days the four very happy participants and Wayne and Don worked almost non-stop. The end result – four beautiful guitars.
This experience came at just the right time and launched Jay into building guitars and ukuleles full-time. Jay is now working on guitar 20 and has several world-class musicians playing and praising his guitars.
Jay travels north to Virginia from time to time to show Wayne the latest Lichty and to get Wayne’s sage advice on the luthier challenge of the day. Wayne’s encouragement, support and warmth mean the world to Jay. His praise is a thrill, as well!
I am proud to say I taught Jay to build his first guitar. His guitars show great craftsmanship and sound really good. – Wayne Henderson, world-renowned Luthier, Musician and all around great guy.
Thank you Wayne!